Alani's Paw Spa's canine stylists help dogs of all sizes look and feel their best with basic baths and pampering spa services. The grooming center offers a variety of shampoos for clients to choose from, including soothing oatmeal, calming lavender, and that new-car smell. Hypoallergenic formulas are available for dogs with sensitive skin, and plum whitening shampoos maintain light-colored canines' dreamy coats. Semipermanent hair-dying treatments in 13 vivid colors can accentuate a natural hue or help rebellious pups express their wild side. For the ultimate spa experience, a lavish spa package includes a blueberry facial, paw-pad conditioner, gentle massage, and choice of bow or bandana.
Kathy Longwell, the pet purveyor behind All God's Creatures, draws on her experience in boarding facilities and kennels to care for dogs, cats, birds, and lizards on their home turf. The licensed, bonded, and insured caretaker has also earned certifications in animal CPR, first aid, and professional pet sitting through Pet Sitters International. When she isn't looking after pets and houses in their owners' absence, she takes dogs out for a stroll, runs errands, and looks after her own animal menagerie, which includes a german shepherd, cats, and a parrot that squawks ideas for movie premises in the dead of night.
Patients at Gill Dental Group have the unique privilege of having their teeth looked after by a movie director. When he's not working on independent films, Dr. Param Gill makes sure teeth are camera ready by preventing cavities and improving smiles with cosmetic treatments such as Invisalign and dental implants.
He founded Gill Dental Group, which now boasts multiple locations, alongside Dr. Lavanya Gill, a dental expert who has written more than 50 dentistry articles for local newspapers. If necessary the Gills can administer sedation or play a CD of Morgan Freeman singing whale songs to relax patients during dental treatments.
Charleen "Char" Gagliardi owes her life to dry cleaning. In 1937, her parents bought a red bungalow on McHenry Avenue and opened up Deluxe Cleaners. The business kept Char's dinner plate full and her wardrobe natty as a youth, and it became her bread and butter 40 years later, when she left her career as a teacher to continue her parent's legacy. With the help of her husband, Carl, Char built a laundry room and initiated free pickup and delivery service, and the couple joined the Lions Club to share their work ethic and the free wattage emanating from their luminous smiles with the community.
Char and Carl now watch proudly as their daughter, Pam, follows a familiar path to happiness. Pam began learning the ins and outs of Deluxe Cleaners when she was 13. She has since modernized its gadgets with the support of her husband, and she designed an invisible fairy-wing steamer at the behest of her three children. Three generations of know-how inform their technique, which relies on petroleum-based solvent to clean fine garments and household textiles such as rugs and bedding without damaging the environment.
McGrath Moving and Storage handles both residential moves around the block and business-related moves around the globe. In six decades of doing so, the company has coordinated moves for the city of Modesto, the state of California, and the U.S. government. It’s also maintained an affiliation with Wheaton World Wide Moving, a company that specializes in moving large, delicate, and antique items, such as pianos or belugas with osteoporosis. Prior to moving day, McGrath’s professionals are available to beef up the packing process, and their military-approved storage facility keeps belongings safe for short- or long-term periods.
Sixteen years in the hair industry means a lot of scissor time, bowls of hair dye, and pin curls. That is Sonia Padilla’s world. As a master stylist and color specialist who keeps up with current techniques, she transforms clients’ hair into chic styles and executes trends from simple bobs to vibrant red coifs and blunt bangs. Her keratin treatments leave hair soft, shiny, and smooth, and her updos prepare clients for proms and half-birthday parties.